Dowie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Dowie is a Dalriadan-Scottish name, no doubt originally for a person who lived in the Macildowie territory. The name Dowie is a shortened form of the place-name, and surname, Macildowie. In Gaelic, MacIldowie means "son of the black lad"
Early Origins of the Dowie family
The surname Dowie was first found in on the Isle of Iona, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Dowie family
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Dowie Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Dowie has appeared in various documents spelled Dowie, Dowey, Douie, Douey, MacIldowie, MacIldowy and others.
Early Notables of the Dowie family (pre 1700)
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Dowie migration to the United States
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dowie family emigrate to North America:
Dowie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Dowie, who landed in Maryland in 1762 
Dowie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Dowie who settled in Philadelphia in 1839
Dowie migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dowie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Andrew Dowie, a cooper, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Murray Dowie, aged 33, a tailor, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
Dowie migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Dowie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mrs. R. Dowie, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Blundell" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1848 
Contemporary Notables of the name Dowie (post 1700)
- John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907), American religious leader
- Iain Dowie (b. 1965), British football manager and coach
- Freda Dowie (b. 1928), British television actress
- John Dowie, British pop artist
- James Dowie, Owner of the James Dowie & Son Shipping Line
- John Dowie Harcombe (1883-1954), English first-class cricketer
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html